It’s been a year after the release of The Witcher Season 1, Netflix has shared a new teaser for the series, dressing Geralt and the rest of the Continent for Christmas.
The streaming giant released a short one-minute clip featuring memorable moments from the first season of the series, placed in new context. In it, buildings are adorned with digitally-added Christmas lights and decorations, and menacing characters such as the magic-wielding assassin were turned into gift-givers, guarding piles of presents, all while the classic Christmas jingle, “Sleigh Ride” plays.
The Witcher Season 1 follows Geralt of Rivia, a witcher, as he travels the Continent looking for monsters to slay for coin while a war between Nilfgaard and the Northern Realms starts brewing. Over the course of his adventures, he is thrown into the lives of Yennefer of Vengerberg and the Cintran princess, Cirilla. Despite his efforts to resist, he ultimately comes to accept the pull of destiny. Upon release, the series received widespread praise from audiences and went on to become one of Netflix’s best-performing series.
Season 1 adapts the characters and events of Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny. However, the Netflix series has seen criticism from the fanbase for certain deviations from the novel series, as well as the creative decision to depict events across three timelines spanning more than a century.
Production for Season 2 of The Witcher began in February, but was forced to come to a halt in mid-March due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which continues to impact the series– along with other major productions across the industry.
Filming resumed in August but was forced to shut down for a second time recently, after four members of production tested positive for COVID-19. Netflix provided assurances that principal photography would continue when doing so was safe. It has since given The Witcher the green light to continue. It is uncertain how this will impact the schedule, if at all. The most recently announced filming schedule placed completion in February 2021.
The Witcher Season 2 is set to predominately adapt the events of Sword of Destiny and Blood of Elves, which sees Geralt and Ciri spend the winter at the witcher fortress of Kaer Morhen, where Ciri begins training under the tutelage of Geralt and his fellow monster hunters: Lambert, Eskel, Coën and their mentor, Vesemir.
The Witcher stars Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, Anya Chalotra as Yennefer of Vengerberg, Freya Allan as Ciri and Joey Batey as Jaskier. Season 1 is now available on Netflix.
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